Created By: DeChunk on May 18, 2011 Last Edited By: Arivne on September 22, 2015

Superweapon Site Showdown

The final fight is always near the doomsday weapon.

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The battle is set. The hero, after traveling around the world, going though almost endless hurdles, is about to stop the Big Bad from using some sort of machine, including any sort of thing capable of massive amounts of murder, or mind control, or anything that would do massive damage to large populaces. So where do they settle their differences? Within very close proximity to said machine.

This trope is all about that last fight scene in a film, and how they seem to end up very close to some sort of large, deadly machine.


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Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • May 18, 2011
    MC42
    Deus Ex Machina translates to God From the Machine. Climax In The Machine would be something like Climax Intra Machina.
  • May 18, 2011
    JonnyB
    The end of Space Balls, Dark Helmet and Lone Starr fight next to the self-destruct button.
  • May 18, 2011
    JonnyB
    The end of Beneath The Planet Of The Apes, the big battle at the foot of the Doomsday weapon.
  • May 18, 2011
    DeChunk
    okay, so that metaphore fell through. Any other title suggestions?
  • May 18, 2011
    rjung
    Suggested title: Superweapon Site Showdown

    Example: Star Wars A New Hope and Return Of The Jedi each have the climactic battle in/at/near the Death Star.
  • May 19, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Goldfinger. The final fight between James Bond and The Dragon Oddjob occurs in the Fort Knox gold depository where a nuclear device is about to detonate.
  • May 19, 2011
    MC42
  • May 19, 2011
    rjung
    • In Goldeneye Wii, the final fight is a Quick Time Event that takes place directly under the massive satellite dish controlling the Goldeneye satellite.
  • May 19, 2011
    jaytee
    Yeah, Needs A Better Title, badly. Besides being a poor translation of the Latin, it completely misses the point of the phrase.
  • June 9, 2011
    Damr1990
    While not the Final Boss, the The Battle Vs Hojo on Final Fantasy VII takes place on the Sister Ray this is also the place where sephirot, Zack and Angel Fougth in the past as part of a training exercise on a virtual reallity room
  • June 9, 2011
    pinkdalek
    Most Metal Gear games have a variation where the huge weapon is usually the penultimate boss, with the final battle taking place either in the same room, or a couple of rooms beyond. The only particularly interesting variations are in Metal Gear: Ghost Babel, where the final battle takes place in the room with the weapon, and a room away from the remains of the weapon Snake destroyed in the first Metal Gear; and in Metal Gear Solid 3 which takes pains to avoid this and has Snake travel literally miles between the weapon and the final boss.
  • June 11, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • In Like Flint. The final battle between Flint and Big Bad General Carter takes place inside the orbital nuclear weapons platform that Carter has hijacked.
  • September 20, 2015
    DAN004
  • September 20, 2015
    DAN004
    Who's managing this?
  • September 21, 2015
    Arivne
    • Examples section
      • Added a line separating the Description and Examples sections.
      • Changed media section titles to All Caps and performed a colonectomy.
      • Namespaced, italicized and Blue Linked work names.
      • Blue Linked (James Bond, The Dragon, Final Boss x3, The Quisling, Quick Time Event).
  • September 21, 2015
    Chabal2
    • The final battle of Golden Sun Dark Dawn takes place near the Apollo Cannon. Interestingly, it's not a doomsday weapon, it serves to neutralize the one you inadvertently set off earlier in the game.
    • Warcraft III: The final battle takes place on Mount Hyjal in order to prevent Archimonde from corrupting the World Tree, which could be used to cause a continent-shattering catastrophe (again). It's actually a trap, the player needs to delay him long enough to let enough Wisps accumulate around the tree so they can cast the mother of all Dispel Magic spells on him.
    • Averted in most of Command And Conquer Generals' levels, where superweapons are quite common, and are usually neutralized from a distance before they can be activated before moving on to the rest of the enemy.
  • September 21, 2015
    Tuckerscreator
    • Avengers Age Of Ultron: The Avenger's last stand is held at the command switch to Ultron's doomsday machine. Justified, as they're defending it to be sure absolutely none of his drones get through and activate it.
  • September 21, 2015
    MiinU
    A lot of the examples in the OP are borderline ZCE, that only consist of who's fighting and the superweapon's name. But there's no context explaining why the fight's taking place near the thing, rather than a safer location.
  • September 21, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ Commonly it's because the baddie is going to use the superweapon and the goodie is trying to stop him.

    But yeah, contexts would be nice.
  • September 21, 2015
    ZuTheSkunk
    • Fallout New Vegas: "Lonesome Road" DLC has you trying to find the mysterious Ulysses - a guy mentioned throughout all other DLCs and constantly talking to you during this one via a radio. The DLC culminates with you two talking next to a number of giant missiles. Ulysses wants to fire these missiles at an NCR outpost, as a revenge for you delivering a package that resulted in his hometown being blown up. What follows is either you fighting Ulysses, or - if you convince him to abandon his plan - you both fighting an invasion of ghoulish Marked Men who broke into the building.
  • September 22, 2015
    randomsurfer
    The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect: the Hulk fights the Maestro, who is the Hulk in the far future. The battle takes place at the exact spot of the Gamma Bomb explosion which birthed the Hulk in the first place.
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